Other words we use for courage are: bravery and strength. The opposite of courage would be: cowardice.
Children can often affiliate courage with big events and not realize courage is needed every day. Here is a discussion or devotional that can help relate courage to children in a way they can understand.
Quiz: answer yes or no to each statement. (can skip quiz for younger children)
--I stand up for what is right, even if I stand alone.
--I don’t give in to doing what is wrong.
--Fear of failure does not keep me from trying things.
--I am not afraid to express myself just because some people
might not approve.
Many examples of courage in the Bible, here are three:
--David, Daniel, and Shadrach
Neither giants, lions nor a fiery furnace could keep them from standing up for God! They stood up for God even when there was fear and danger.
Name any other courageous people in the Bible and what made them courageous.
Courage is not just for big events, it is for:
--telling the truth even when you know you might get into trouble
--standing up for someone when they are being picked on
--taking responsibility for your actions –saying “I did it”when
mom thinks someone else is guilty
--trying something new
--reaching out and befriending someone new
--praying out loud
Discuss which scenario is hardest for a child and pray for them to have courage in that area.